Famous for its witch trials of the late 1600's, Salem is today one of the most progressive cities in the northeastern United States. A coastal city located in Essex County, it boasts a population of 45,000 residents and is a sought-after destination of tourists. With more than one million visitors each year, Salem is the recipient of more than $100 million in spending, allowing it to pursue numerous development projects as well as provide extra funding for schools and transportation.
Embracing its famous heritage, the "Witch City" features police cars emblazoned with witches as well as high school sports teams nicknamed Witches. But in addition to all this, the city is also known for its mix of older historical districts and modern business areas. With more than 60 restaurants located downtown, the city was recently named as one of the best shopping districts in the state.
Placing a tremendous emphasis on education, Salem has a very strong public school system as well as one of the nation's best state university systems. With public schools such as Witchcraft Heights Elementary School winning awards for academic excellence, residents can be assured their children will have excellent schools from which to choose.
As for the city's real estate market, Salem offers a variety of single-family homes as well as condos and apartments that appeal to a variety of residents. While single professionals love condos for their convenience to downtown and proximity to work, many retirees have found living in the new upscale apartments and townhouses offers a great way of life. With North Shore Medical Center located in the city, older residents as well as others can have peace of mind, knowing they have a comprehensive hospital system only minutes away.
Whether it's touring the Peabody Essex Museum or taking advantage of the Salem Spins bike-sharing program to get some exercise while seeing the sights, residents of this unique city have plenty to keep them busy each and every day. If it's a vibrant city that combines the best of the past, present, and future you're seeking, then look no further than Salem.
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